Montezuma Community School District

Montezuma Community School is located on a 35 acre
campus on the north side of town.  The pre-school through 12 grade district is all housed in one building. The District has recently 
completed a number of significant upgrades including a $6.7 million renovation of the entire facility (completed in 2014) and the addition of a new gymnasium and locker rooms in 2016, a $2.7 million investment.

Student enrollment for PK-12th grade is 500 students. That number includes students from the Montezuma area as well as students who have open enrolled into the district. 

Preschool Program

The school has a voluntary preschool program designed for four-year-olds. There are two ½ day sessions with each session limited to 20 children. The preschool program has been a very positive addition to the Montezuma School District, allowing students to be more prepared for kindergarten.


The elementary school has a wide variety of programs for elementary students. The entire elementary uses “The Daily Five” for literacy development. Montezuma elementary is proud of the fact that student test scores have continually ranked above average. Students who need additional classroom support attend the reading and math lab, Title I program, or special education programs. Students attend general music classes two or three times during the week, and concerts are held twice a year for the public to attend.  Groups also perform for the local nursing homes. Band lessons are started in fifth-grade. Library skills, art, and physical education classes are also scheduled for students during the week. The Talented & Gifted program begins in 4th grade. In 2015, Montezuma Elementary was recognized as a model professional learning community.  The school was one of only 200 schools in the US and Canada to receive this designation. 

Secondary students have a comprehensive range of classes to choose from. The strength of the high school is in the core subjects of math, science, language arts and social studies. Montezuma also has a number of staff members who are certified to teach college-credit courses to students through the school’s Career Academy. Students ohave the opportunity to leave high school with numerous college credits

Montezuma High School has been awarded a Bronze rating by US News for academic performance.  Montezuma was 1 of 104 schools in Iowa to receive the recognition, and only 1 of 2 schools in the immediate region.  Students achieved a 96% success rating in math testing, and 88% success rating in reading scores. 


The district offers more technology than ever and continues to keep up in the ever-changing world of technology at the same time. The building has a 200 MBPS Internet connection and is has uninterrupted wireless connectivity. There are computer labs available in the elementary school.  Students in 6th-12th grade are provided their own Chromebook to use throughout the day.  All classrooms are equipped with projection devices.



The Montezuma Cross Country team had an individual qualify once again for the 2018 State Cross Country meet. The success was met on multiple levels with high conference finishes for the high school and junior high boys and girls teams.The Montezuma Braves and Bravettes enjoy the support of the entire community, competing in the South Iowa Cedar League and representing the school at state-level competition. Competitive athletic programs include football, boys’ and girls’ basketball, track and field, cross country, wrestling, volleyball, baseball, softball, golf and trap shooting. The district's coaching staff utilize athletics to instill the values of discipline, commitment and teamwork in the athletes.  The Braves and Bravettes have enjoyed much success over the past five years and look to continue that trend:  2021 boys and girls state qualifiers

  • The Bravette 2018 volleyball team had a season to remember with their impressive 30-6 record, tournament conference championship and Montezuma’s first ever state tournament appearance.  
  • The Braves Boys Basketball had a tremendous 2021 year with a 25-2 season, a 15-0 SICL record and Conference Championship. The Braves traveled to the well in 2019 placing 4th at state, 2020 placing 3rd and 2021 winning the State Championship!  The program is lead by head coach Derrick Dengler.
  • The Bravette Basketball team continued to improve under Coach Burgess.  Their 22-3 season, a 15-0 SICL record and won a conference championship as well.  The bravettes took another step forward at the state tournament reaching the semi-finals in Class 1A.
  • 2021 state basketball
2024 girls state qualifiers   2024 GIRLS STATE QUALIFIERS

  • The Montezuma Shooting Sports Club participated in the State competition on Saturday June 3, 2023.  Several 1st place awards were given out.  The Montezuma Club is lead by Larry Weeks.  
  • The women’s track program had a great season with two runners heading to the state track meet in Des Moines.  Montezuma's state qualifiers are Chloe Snook in the long jump and 200 meter dash, and Ellen Cook in the 3.000 meter run.  Garrett Watts qualified on behalf the Montezuma Braves in the 100 high hurdles.         
  • ellen cook state track                                          Garrett Watts state track

Clubs and organizations

Montezuma Community School is home to strong drama, speech, vocal music, and instrumental music.  One of the top FFA programs in the nation is right here in Montezuma. The local chapter consistently wins awards and honors on the state and national level.  Students may choose to play an instrument in band, sing in the choir, participate in dance or cheer Montezuma athletic teams to victory.  There are also numerous school clubs such as the Speech Club and Mat Club.  Organizations include, FFA, Blue & White student newspaper, the school yearbook, Junior High Mock Trial and National Honors Society.  We also have two strong booster clubs that support our Montezuma students, Blue & White Athletic Boosters and Fine Arts Boosters. 
Additional Information regarding our school clubs, athletics and organizations can be found on the school website under Activities.
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Students at Montezuma High School worked hard to bring the community Into the Woods, a challenging musical and dark comedy from James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim.  

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